How I Earned $6,105.10 in Side Income Last Month [January 2019 Income Report]

Jan 2019 Income Report - 99signalsWelcome to the first income report of 2019 — my January 2019 income report. In January, I was able to generate side income earnings of $6,105.10, with a net profit of $5,544.74.

This makes January my best month yet, both in terms of side income earnings and net profit.

As always, before I reveal my full income report and net profit breakdown for the month, here are a few important highlights from January.

(To learn more about why I started maintaining monthly income reports, visit this page)

Winning Silver Prize at the SEMrush Content Challenge 2018

In December 2018, SEMrush announced their special Content Challenge event. They usually conduct a monthly content challenge for their affiliate partners where the prize for the winner is $100, but the SEMrush Content Challenge 2018 was more like an annual event to end 2018 with a bang. The grand prize was $1000.

SEMrush Contest Winners - Jan 2019

My submission for the contest, “The Ultimate Guide to Competitive Intelligence 2.0 Toolkit by SEMrush” ended up fetching the 2nd prize (silver prize) which means an extra $500 in my affiliate kitty in January. Cha-Ching!💰😀

This marks the third time I’ve won a content challenge from SEMrush – the first time was on July 2016 for the blog post “SEMrush vs Moz: Which is the Best SEO Tool?” and the second time was for the blog post “How to Use SEMrush to Amplify Your Content Marketing” in November 2017.

Thank you, SEMrush! It’s a massive privilege being your affiliate partner.

Content Creation

Here are all the blog posts published in January 2019. Did you read all of them? If not, then please feel free to check them out and let me know your thoughts in the comments section.

And here are the articles that were updated and refreshed for 2019:

Marketing Mantra Podcast

Marketing Mantra Podcast

Last month, I finally came close to achieving my objective of publishing one new podcast episode each week. I was able to record and release 5 new episodes of Marketing Mantra, all of which are available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and other major podcast playing platforms.

Here are all the new episodes published in January:

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You can also listen to the podcast within the free 99signals mobile app. Download it now on your iOS or Android device and access all our articles, podcast, and videos on-the-go:

99signals YouTube Channel

I published two AppSumo video reviews and walkthroughs on YouTube — and AccuRanker. To learn more about these AppSumo lifetime deals, check out this article.

If you’re a frequent reader of my blog, I’d urge you to please consider subscribing to the 99signals YouTube Channel as well. I’m uploading at least two video reviews and walkthroughs each month in addition to other interesting marketing content.

2019 Goodreads Reading Challenge

Goodreads 2019 Reading Challenge

I’ve taken up a new Goodreads reading challenge in 2019 and the challenge is once again the same — to finish reading 100 books by the end of 2019; 25 of which to be business books.

I read a few interesting business books in January, including All Marketers Are Liars by Seth Godin, Conspiracy by Ryan Holiday, and It Doesn’t Have to Be Crazy at Work by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson.

My favorite among these was All Marketers Are Liars by Seth Godin. In the book, Godin makes a case for the importance of storytelling in marketing.

Seth Godin's Book All Marketers Tell Stories

According to Godin, it’s not the product that a consumer buys, but the story behind the product. And all successful marketers tell engaging stories. It’s one of the most compelling business books I’ve ever read and it’s highly recommended to all marketers and entrepreneurs.

To learn more about my thoughts on the book, please check out this article — 7 Marketing Lessons I Learned from “All Marketers Are Liars” by Seth Godin.

Conspiracy recounts the tale of how the controversial media outlet Gawker Media was secretly taken down by billionaire investor Peter Thiel with the help of an unlikely ally, Terry Bollea, better known as the wrestling legend Hulk Hogan. This is the third Ryan Holiday book I’ve read, and I consider this to be his best work.

Conspiracy by Ryan Holiday

Like many, I was fascinated by the Gawker vs. Bollea trial in 2016 and was surprised by the verdict which eventually bankrupted the notorious publication Gawker. It was only at the end that the world became aware of Thiel’s involvement in the trial and how he had funded Hogan’s lawsuit.

In the book, Holiday explores how Thiel masterminded the whole scheme, his reasons for doing so, presents the whole facts of the case, and the events that caused Gawker’s destruction. Though the book is slightly biased towards Thiel, it’s an enjoyable read which is hard to put down.

It Doesn't Have to Be Crazy at Work

It Doesn’t Have to Be Crazy at Work is more like a direct sequel to Fried and Hansson’s brilliant book Rework. I was slightly underwhelmed by the book, but that may have been because I consider Rework to be one of my favorite business books and my expectations before reading this book were too high.

Quotes I’m Pondering (Jan 1 – 31, 2019)

Inspired by Tim Ferriss’ Tribe of Mentors, you’ll find thought-provoking quotes in all my income reports.

These are the quotes that inspired me and changed my thinking in January. I hope you find them just as insightful as I did:

“It is vain to do with more what can be done with fewer.” — William of Occam (14th-century English philosopher and theologian)

“Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.” — Haruki Murakami (Japanese Writer, author of Kafka on the Shore and Norwegian Wood)

January 2019 Income Report

Here’s my income report for January 2019 — affiliate earnings, followed by other income, expenses, and net profit breakdown.

Affiliate Earnings

Total Affiliate Earnings: $5,555.10

Other Income

Total Side Income Earnings: $6,105.10


  • Mailchimp (Recurring) – $50 (review)
  • AppSumo Briefcase (Recurring) – $49 (review)
  • Google Ads – $42.30
  • Facebook Ads – $38.90
  • Buffer Pro (Recurring) – $15
  • Flickr Pro (Recurring) – $5.99
  • Alexa Subscription (Recurring) – $19.99
  • Buildfire (Recurring) – $54
  • AppSumo Lifetime Deal – $49 (review)
  • Outgrow Calculators – $200 (6-month plan)
  • GoDaddy Hosting Renewal – $36.18

Total Expenses: $560.36

Net Profit Breakdown

  • Affiliate earnings: $5,555.10
  • Other income: $550
  • Total expenses: (-$560.36)
  • Net Profit: $5,544.74

That wraps the income report for January 2019.

If you have any questions about this month’s income report, feel free to ask them in the comments section or connect with me via Twitter.

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Sandeep Mallya
Sandeep Mallya
Sandeep Mallya is the Founder & CEO of Startup Cafe Digital, an award-winning digital marketing agency in Bangalore, India. He is an active member of the startup community, having worked with several early-stage startups and accelerators. 99signals is Sandeep's online marketing blog. The blog currently features 200+ in-depth articles, how-to guides, and hacks on a wide range of online marketing topics such as SEO, social media marketing, content marketing, blogging, and more.


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